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Oh where do I start? You are such a delight in my life. Admittedly, you bring me an incredible amount of joy. Your smiles, laughs, and the way you diligently and steadfastly work at something until you’re satisfied please my Momma heart. The other day, I watched you with a small jar and lid for over 7 minutes. You wanted to put the lid back onto the jar, but you held the lid upside down, so it wouldn’t stay on. Instead of getting frustrated or yelling for help, you kept at it, barely noticing my gaze. The way you do that is just amazing to me.
You now have 6 teeth. For the longest time, you had me wondering because you barely had your 2 bottom nubs. Then, just like that, you started sprouting 4 teeth almost simultaneously. Despite how these 4 teeth have come practically all at once, you don’t fuss too much. If you had your way, you’d definitely have me just walk around topless all day. Unfortunately for you, that’s not going to happen. I’m glad I can help soothe your sore mouth, but there are limits. If I had to complain, it’d be about how inconvenient it is for me to stay still and hold you as you tried to soothe your mouth. I know I stop your soothing sessions much more often than you’d like. Thankfully for me, much of the time you find some fun in playing with your brother or discovering something on your own.
And, here lately, you’ve slept so soundly some nights I practically “forget” you’re in bed with me. I am glad we both sleep such long stretches though. It certainly helps me be a good mom and I know you’re brain is growing away. But, I certainly hope I’m not in for it with you when it comes to naps. See, your brother gave me a tough time when it came to napping at around 16 or 18 months. With the way you like to stay up and play for much of the day, I’m beginning to wonder if I’ll have that same struggle with you.
Though you haven’t yet said any discernible words, I know that you enjoy communicating with us. You will let any of us know what you do/do not like. You’ll even pull (quite hard, mind you) away from us when we try to hold your hand and you want to walk or explore elsewhere. You’re also vocal with your screams (joy & pleasure or when you’re upset). Then, of course, there’s the way you’ll point (usually to the sky) and you babble, looking directly at us and waiting for a response.
Oh, and dare I not mention your interest in all things food. I’ve seen you boguard your brother’s food and snacks many times. It can be rather comical, watching you clamber over, around, and on top of anything to get to your brother’s food. Meanwhile your brother holds bowls and cups in the air, twisting and turning away from you. This only tells me two things – I’m not fast enough when it comes to getting food and snacks out for you and you love eating with the rest of us!
Little boy, the delight you bring to my life is insurmountable. The ways in which you continue to grow and change before my eyes fills me with such joy and pleasure. The watchful way you have, observing before jumping in, ensuring you’re making your own choices and being mindful of risks is amazing. You delight in the slightest hint of music or a tune, immediately stopping in your tracks to start bouncing up and down in your own squat-like way. I hope that you hold dear to all of these things and more as you grow up. I hope that you forever seek out happiness, spread joy, and remain determined in your own independence.